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Magan: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (web | tweet)
Publication Date
: December 19, 2012
Pages: 391
Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult
Keywords: adopted MC, attraction, secrecy and lies
Format read: E-book purchased for my kindle.

Summary: Sky’s never fallen for anyone before. When she randomly meets Holder at the grocery store, a whirlwind relationship begins — they have undeniable chemistry, but quarrel constantly. Unbeknownst to Sky, when Holder appears in her life, so will a flood of unwanted memories and tons of questions.

Holder and Sky. Two characters with one of the most crazy, intoxicating relationships ever.

While out and about grocery shopping, Sky meets Holder. They have an awkward encounter in the parking lot where Holder comes off as a bit of a wacko. Later that evening during her run, Sky stops for a breather in front of Holder’s house. (She had no clue he lived there. Honest!) This begins the series of hot and cold interactions between the two — they bicker and argue like an old married couple.

Always distant and emotionally-removed when making out with someone, Sky desperately wants to figure out why Holder (of all people) makes her heart beat faster and why she’s insta-attracted to him. She’s never felt anything for anyone. Ever. Sky and her best friend, Six, usually have short flings with boys and then toss them aside and move on. Sky describes her make-out sessions as numbing and she counts the glow-in-the-dark stars on her ceiling the entire time.

Sky is intelligent, funny, and pretty bad ass. She doesn’t let people push her around. Even when she’s being bullied at school for a reputation that is based on lies, she doesn’t give into the peer pressure or let it get to her. And Holder. He confused me a bit because I wasn’t sure if he could be trusted in the beginning. At times, I wondered if Holder was a little unstable. (BUT if I had read the back-of-the-book summary, I would have realized I was misreading his behavior and he was the least of my concerns.) After I began to understand Holder’s erratic personality, I realized I was in trouble. Oh, dang. He’s sexy and deep and takes time to think things through before he speaks them aloud. He always seems to know the right thing to say, even if he’s not sure what to do or what his action should be. Holder is the kind of boy that most of us girls hope to be with.

The witty banter between these two made me wish I were snappier and more clever with my responses. Needless to say, their relationship progresses pretty quickly and with that comes lots of passion wrapped up in the first 60% of the book. Tension, tension. Holy smokes, the tension.

And then there’s the twist.

Things take a 90-degree turn and our focus is completely redirected. The intensity is pushed to the extreme. Everything Sky knew and trusted is flipped upside down. There are secrets and lies — so much to keep the reader sailing through the pages to piece Sky’s story together. I’m not uttering a single word about any of this because I loved that I couldn’t figure out any of Hoover’s twists and turns.

In addition to the toe-curling love story and whiplash-inducing drama, you’ll love all the secondary characters, too. Six is an integral part of the story even though she fulfills her best friend role from afar (studying abroad). Sky’s new gay, Mormon best friend, Breckin, will make you laugh out loud and wish you had someone like him to bring you coffee every day. He’s so carefree and comfortable in his own skin, and while not a major player in the story, he really helps it progress. And Karen, Sky’s adoptive mother, may seem overprotective with all of her rules about watching no TV and maintaining a very … unique … diet, at her core she’s caring and so loving.

Hopeless is a sexy, passionate, and addictive story that you won’t want to put down. (I swear you’ll think about Holder and Sky when you’re forced to abandon Hopeless temporarily.) The e-book is well-worth every cent of its $3.99 price-tag.

(Oh, and fans of Hopeless — get excited! Hoover is writing the story from Holder’s POV and is expected to be out in July!)

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March 22, 2014 - 8:37 am

Nino` - I download this book few days ago and I am on that chapter when Sky admits her attraction to Holder and OMG Holder is sooo amazing,boys like just do not exist in real world! I can’t wait to have it finished because I’m pretty curious about what is coming on

February 28, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - It was beyond not put downable. They way she crafted all the details to fall in place in the end was mind blowing.

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, Hopeless is definitely worth the $3.99 price tag! Buy it for your e-reader! 🙂

February 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so extremely curious about Holder and Sky. Their relationship does sound like it would be extremely fun to read about, but your mention of the twist in the story has me even more curious! I may just have to get a copy of this one for myself soon.

February 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Lily - I love Colleen Hoover and I really loved her Smashed series. I have this one on my nook but I haven’t started reading it yet, I don’t know whats been keeping me it seems like such a good read!

February 22, 2013 - 5:09 pm

elena - ugh every time everyone mentions a twist, I am like I WANT TO KNOWWW even though I may not even have a desire to read the book. I am just a v curious person. I was all head tilt-y over meeting someone at the grocery store but I remembered going to the grocery store yesterday and everyone was so cute. Too bad I looked awful, no love story for me there.

February 22, 2013 - 5:54 am

Lori - Ooo! I’ve heard really great things about this one, but you’re review has convinced me. Adding it to my TBR right now.

February 21, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jess - This sounds like an exciting read. I’ve seen some Hoover’s books around.This one sounds the most promising.

February 21, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Karen - I skimmed over your review because I just downloaded this book a few weeks ago. I’m happy to see another positive review!

February 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Magan - Quinn! The end does get to be a big high-drama, but it’s very interesting. So not what I was expecting and it kept me flipping the pages. Usually drama can be a bit too much if it’s just .. crazy, and while this was a lot, I couldn’t figure out where Hoover was taking the story so I remained interested! I hope you do check it out! The writing is great and Sky and Holder are awesome!

February 21, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Magan - Jamie, I completely agree that sometimes high-drama books are necessary. If they can pull me in and make me forget about everything else I need to get done or allow me to sit and focus on nothing else but reading, I’m all about it. I really, really did love Sky and Holder’s relationship, so I hope you’ll give Hopeless a chance. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Magan - Ginger, we’ve talked about this one a ton and I do agree that the part you had the hang up about was … weird. I think I just liked the whole relationship aspect so, so much that it made the $3.99 completely worth it for me. I didn’t expect any of those twists at the end and at the time, this high-drama book was so nice for me to read. Sometimes it’s necessary to read something that’s SO “whoa” that it’s harder to compare it with reality, ya know? I will most definitely check out Slammed! xo

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Magan - Cassie, I definitely should have put a disclaimer that said, “Received a Stamp of Approval from Cassie.” Thank you so much for the recommendation! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t decide if I want to read this or not. I am not sure if there will be too man twists and turns. Like Ginger, I’m afraid it might be too crazy for me. But I do kind of want to check it out. I’ve been seeing Colleen Hoover around a lot lately.

February 21, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Jamie - I’ve heard so many mixed things about this one that I’m unsure if I’ll like it. Maybe I’ll save it for a time when I need something super drama filled! Because let’s be honest..sometimes we need that!

February 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - This one went a little TOO crazy for me. I enjoyed the first half or so & then it just went completely off the deep end. Sometimes that’s what I want out of a book though, so I try not to judge it. I was a fan of Hoover’s previous novel Slammed. I definitely recommend you checking that one out, Magan.

February 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Cassie - I’m soooo glad you loved this! [now make Estelle read it!] and I ALSO love Breckin! I want coffee everyday, too!

The intensity of the book was so crazy, but I also didn’t expect anything that happened in the part we dont discuss!

Sky and Holder will always remain with us <3333

February 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Magan - April – banter is like a ballpark hit for me. I love snark and when two characters start off on the wrong foot, I love figuring out how they have to get back on track. Twists and drama — it’s full of that so I really hope you love this! I guarantee this will be such a fast read for you because IT WILL SUCK YOU IN! Enjoy!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

April Books & Wine - WHY DO I SUCK SO MUCH? I have this on my Kindle and of course I haven’t read it yet, but then you mention a twist and insanity and omg I cannot wait.

ALSO! I love banter to the nth degree. Seriously, LOVE IT.

February 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Magan - Anna — hahaha — yes to this. I just couldn’t pull myself away. I was a little thrown by the twist, but Holder kept me locked in to the story. Ugh, I loved Holder. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

Magan - Stormy – I agree! I think Colleen did a great job of writing Hopeless too. The whole end part? Totally sad. Pieces of it just made me sick, but I did enjoy that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. That’s huge for me!

February 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

Magan - Asheley, I admire how much you love Colleen’s work! This was the first of her books for me and I’m so excited to read more. I have Slammed on my kindle. I wish so badly I could have a whole weekend to just read and read and read. Maybe I’d feel like I was making a dent in my TBR pile if I had that chance. And yes! What you said about Holder — I was a little wary of him too. He’s seemed a bit wacko, but GOSH did I grow to love him! He was so kind and protective and just… SWOON. Thanks so much for your comment, A! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ummm, yes. I love this book so hard, but then again I love Colleen Hoover so hard from the Avett Brothers down to her first two books, so I felt like I would love this one. The thing is that I read this one MUCH QUICKER than I would normally read a book like this, so I cannot formulate any thoughts until I read it again. And I totally plan to. In the beginning, like the very very beginning (grocery store) I was a little afraid of Holder, but then again I JUST LOVED HIM. Because, of course, right? He’s the best. I want to say things that I can’t say in this comment because they’re spoilers! But he’s sincerely one of my favorite male characters ever because of his layers and the things that he does and just, wow. Hoover brought it with this one. On the turnaround, this one is TOUGH and I think it could be tough for some people if they don’t know what to expect in certain places in the book. SO, there’s that. But, yeah, I need to re-read this one soon so I can get my thoughts down because where I normally jot my thoughts on paper while I read, I was CLUTCHING my Kindle like crazy and click, click, clicking way faster than my norm. LOVED THIS ONE. Great, great thoughts Magan. As always. So glad you read and liked this one. And that romance! Smoking!

February 21, 2013 - 9:30 am

Stormy - This book was one of those books I had to sit and process after reading for a while. It took awhile for me to really get into the book, but I was really intrigued by Sky’s story. The very sad turn was, well, sad, for lack of a better word, but I thought it was very well-written. Sometimes it’s hard to write about that kind of thing with all the emotional complexity that difficult situations often entail, and I thought Colleen Hoover did a really awesome job with it.

February 21, 2013 - 8:26 am

Anna - This book cray! So much drama and so many twists packed into one book that it threw me…but at the same time, I enjoyed it in the same way I have enjoyed soap operas in the past.

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